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Dragon Dictate 2.5

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Nuance has released Dragon Dictate 2.5. The latest version of the dictation software introduces a few new features, including a “numbers” mode, Facebook and Twitter commands, and compatibility with the company’s Dragon Remote app, which lets iPhone owners use their handsets as a remote microphone. In addition, Dragon Dictate is now compatible with Microsoft Word 2011, supports more auto-formatting options, and comes with several new voice training stories. The app can also put itself to sleep when it does not receive any input through the microphone for longer than 1 minute. Note that we’ve now learned that Dragon Dictate 2.5 (and Nuance’s other Mac products) are not yet fully Lion-compatible, though you can avoid nearly all Lion problems if you close everything before quitting or restarting. ($179.99 and up new, free update, 13.5 MB)

 

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David Buckley  2011-08-08 16:33
Hi all and thanks as always for the wonderful TidBits. I so want to use this but from their site, Dictate does not seem to support Lion:

"Dragon Dictate 2.5 customers may experience irregular software crashes when opening or running the software on the new Apple OS X Lion. We are currently investigating reports to discover and address the root cause of the issue. If you wish to continue using Dragon Dictate most effectively, we encourage you to maintain Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)."

As they are a long-time sponsor, have you gotten any guidance about the efforts toward Lion compatibility?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-08-09 06:03
I'm checking with my contact there, David, but I think it's safe to say they're working on it. While it's distressing that they're not Lion-compatible (and I'll update the article above to note this), they do get points for being forthright about it at:

http://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6281
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-08-09 08:11
OK, I've looked into this more and learned that the problems revolve around the restoration of state. If you don't quit/restart with a notepad window open, or in the middle of a training session, Nuance's products should work pretty well in Lion. Just make sure the app comes up fresh each time. They're working on a fix...
David Buckley  2011-08-09 10:02
I respect them for their forthrightness and you for the general excellence of all things TidBitian!

I am interested in using Dictate with Scrivener...any experience/hearsay on any OS?